PoMo Picks

Top Things to Do This Weekend: Sept 22–25

German films, Wanda Sykes, a Portland-set crime novel, Latin jazz, Art Garfunkel, a landmark August Wilson play—fall is here.

09/22/2016 By Rebecca Jacobson, Regina Winkle-Bryan, and Michelle Porter


Revisiting the Mid-Century Jazz Clubs and Soul Food Kitchens of Portland’s Albina Neighborhood

Before it became a chic bike thoroughfare, N Williams was a compact universe of black-owned businesses.

08/15/2016 By Kelly Clarke

PoMo Picks

Top Things to Do This Weekend: July 14–17

Prince tunes on the cello. Highland dance and stone throwing in Gresham. Jazz under the St. Johns Bridge. Speed drawing. A Wizard of Oz convention. Bring it, weekend.

07/14/2016 By Rebecca Jacobson and Fiona McCann


2016 PDX Jazz Fest: What Would Coltrane Dig?

From Dianne Reeves to Coltrane’s own son Ravi, this month’s citywide jazz spectacular pays tribute to a legend who would have turned 90 this year. These are the shows we think he’d catch.

02/17/2016 By Ramona DeNies


Here Are the 5 Can’t-Miss Jazz Events of Fall

A drum roll, please, for the season's hottest jazz tickets. These are the amazing shows that score autumnal bliss in the city.

09/30/2015 By Ramona DeNies


Top Things to Do This Weekend: Aug 13–16

You'll sound like happy this weekend, with the PDX Synesthesia Festival, Ural Thomas and the Pain, the Stumptown Improv Fest, and the joyous disregard for personal safety at the Adult Soapbox Derby.

08/13/2015 By Ramona DeNies


Is This Man Portland's Best Kept Jazz Secret?

He’s played with Billie Holliday and John Coltrane, had Lead Belly in his living room, and was a member of the Bill Evans Trio. Now Portland’s best kept jazz secret Chuck Israels is releasing a new record, and he’s hoping his hometown will get behind it.

07/16/2015 By Fiona McCann


Top Things To Do This Weekend: Feb 20-23

The PDX Jazz Festival lures local and national talent, PIFF extends its run, and two local theater companies tackle heavy subject matter.

02/20/2014 By Portland Monthly Staff and Nathan Tucker


Our Picks for the PDX Jazz Festival

From Feb 20–Mar 2, jazz luminaries and emerging local and national acts swing, sing, and shred their way across the city.

02/17/2014 By Nathan Tucker


PoMo Picks: February 2014

Jazz's rising star Cécile McLorin Salvant, the reinvention of comics, the Portland Art Museum's Venice exhibition, and the rest of the month's best bets for things to see or do



Profile: Cécile McLorin Salvant at PDX Jazz Fest

The Grammy-contending jazz upstart is set to sear Portland’s ears on Feb 22 as part of the 11th annual festival.

01/15/2014 By Nathan Tucker


Q&A: Bill Frisell

The innovative jazz guitarist talks about his new album, his feelings about genre labels, and his history of collaborations. He plays the Aladdin Theater on Nov 9.

11/05/2013 By Nathan Tucker


Top Things To Do This Weekend: August 22-25

Ballerinas spin from trees, dogs fly through the air, ventriloquist dummies impersonate Lady Gaga, and jazz fills Vancouver. You can do it all!

08/22/2013 By Portland Monthly Staff Edited by Claire Gordon


The Wishermen Give Jazz a Chance

One local group is working to modernize the jazz tradition by incorporating modern influences ranging from postrock to hip-hop.

08/21/2013 By Nathan Tucker


Top Things to Do This Weekend: May 30–June 2

Hair metal! Cool jazz! The subtle sounds of the Quiet Music Festival! Listen up, 'cause we've got it all.

05/30/2013 By John Chandler


PDX Jazz Greats Pick the Best of the Jazz Fest

We ask some of the local masters playing the fest what shows they're most excited about. Feb 15–24

02/14/2013 By Aaron Scott


Concert Preview: The Satin Chaps

Portland octet has no trouble finding a dirty groove.

09/20/2012 By John Chandler


Jazz Pianist Randy Weston: "African-ist"

Learn more about Portland Jazz Fest’s first big guest.

02/17/2011 By Anne Adams


JazzFest Gal Wins Grammy

Next week brings plenty of chances to see Esperanza Spalding, Portland’s own Best New Artist who beat out Bieber.

02/14/2011 By Anne Adams